Commerce & Culture
Once you’ve found Manalapan, you’ll notice how little of it there is; the land area is a mere half square mile and exists mostly along two streets (one the legendary Highway A1A). In this deliberately low-density community where the population hovers around 400, the busiest intersection is a cul-de-sac. Water is the blood of the culture here, though megayachts must anchor elsewhere along the channel. All but a couple of dozen homes here have docks, and residents are likely to run errands in a runabout as in an automobile. The Atlantic coast of the town hides the wreck of the Lofthus, which met unfortunate circumstances in 1898 and now welcomes divers as the centerpiece of the Florida Underwater Archaeological Preserve. There isn’t much visible commerce in Manalapan, save at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. Its three restaurants, spa, and luxury rooms cater to guests who love privacy — and its facilities function as a de facto (and de jure) private club for all Manalapan property owners.